Volume 1, Issue No. 7
February Program

Over 75 community members attended the program on Thursday, February 4, 2021!

“Travels, Triumphs, and Tribulations of Nellie Bly”
A one-woman show with Mary Hobein.
Nellie Bly (1864-1922) was an investigative reporter, world traveler, business owner, patent holder, suffragist, war correspondent, and advocate for abandoned children and single mothers. A woman ahead of her times!

Co-Hosted by DG Area Branch of AAUW, Lombard Area Branch of AAUW, and LWV DG, Lisle & Woodridge

Don't miss out on our last two fun & informative programs for this branch year! Sign up today for the March program featured later in this notice. Register for the April program through the Upcoming Events calendar on our webpage.
Back-to-the-Books Fundraiser

Thursday, March 4 @ 7:00
Please RSVP by clicking the button below by Wednesday, February 10 to receive a free raffle ticket for a half priced item.
Deadline for RSVPs is February 18!

**This event is not currently open to the public! You are receiving this special invitation because you have signed up for the Public Programs Notice!"

Many of us have not had the opportunity to update our wardrobes or spend a fun night gathering with friends in quite a while. Let’s change that and help other women at the same time! Grab a glass of wine and join us for a virtual fashion show and personalized shopping experience on the first Thursday in March as we gather online for a fundraiser to support our Back-to-the-Books scholarship.

We will be hosting a virtual fashion show where you will see the new spring line from cabi, a line of women’s clothing and accessories that fit and flatter women for any occasion, and you will have the opportunity to purchase any pieces that you like. A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to AAUW for our Back to Book Scholarship fund and you will also be supporting a local woman owned business in our consultant, Susan Luka.

It is simple! RSVP by clicking the button below and then keep your eye out for an email from Susan with a link to the Front Row viewing of cabi’s newest Spring Collection. All you will need to do is log on at 7:00, Thursday March 4 and sit back and enjoy!

The show is interactive, allowing you to see and speak to each other while enjoying the models as they mix and match pieces. You can select items to add to your favorites list and if you wish to purchase anything, you can do this here too, or in the days immediately following the show. Our consultant, Susan will be available for personalized style advice and sizing suggestions.

We will also be raffling off a half-priced item, donated by our cabi consultant, so get ready to freshen up your wardrobe and treat yourself to a fun and entertaining evening!

Please RSVP by clicking the button by Wednesday, February 10 to receive a free raffle ticket for a half priced item.
Deadline for RSVPs is February 18!

Julia Venetis, organizer
RSVP for the Virtual cabi Fashion Show Fundraiser (by February 10 for a raffle ticket!)

03/04/21 7:00pm - 03/04/21 8:30pm

Deadline for RSVPs is February 18!
I'll be there!
March Program
Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 7 - 8 p.m. via Zoom

"Eleanor Roosevelt"
by Leslie Goddard, well-known local historian and portrayal artist.

Imagine having a conversation with a celebrated First Lady! Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven champion of human rights. In this program, Eleanor grapples with whether or not to join the United Nations. As she considers her options, she shares stories of her childhood, her marriage , her work during two wars, her husband's bout with polio, coming to the White House in 1933, and Franklin's death. As she speaks, she reveals the warm, honest, and passionate woman she was.

Co-Hosted by DG Area Branch of AAUW, Lombard Area Branch of AAUW, and LWV DG, Lisle & Woodridge

Register for the event HERE by Monday, March 15.
All those registered will receive the Zoom link on Tuesday, March 16.
A DG Area AAUW Branch business meeting follows the program at about 8 p.m.
President's Corner
Greetings to All,

Just over a year ago we were informed that the first case of the coronavirus had been discovered in the U.S. but we didn’t yet know what we were in for! Since then, we have become accustomed to staying home, wearing masks, washing our hands, and trying to stay safe. Who would ever have thought that we could get used to giving up travel, social gatherings with family and friends and our face-to-face AAUW events? But here we are and we have found alternative ways to get along. Most of us have been very lucky so far but now we are waiting for the vaccine which appears to be very close.

In keeping with our new entertainment venue, Zoom, we have three fantastic dramatic programs for February, March and April: “Travels, Triumphs, and Tribulations of Nellie Bly” with Mary Hobein, “Eleanor Roosevelt” with Leslie Goddard, and “Laudable Ladies, Revisited and Revised” with Joyce Tumea and the Pri-Merry Players, of course all on Zoom. We are hoping you will avail yourself of these great events we have provided. If you haven’t become accustomed to Zoom, now is a wonderful time to give it a try and, if you have questions, please give one of us a call.

We have been waiting for quite a while and hoping for the ability to schedule some face-to-face meetings but, of course, we will have to wait a little longer. So we hope you all stay well and we will do our best to keep you connected.

Hoping to see all of your friendly faces on Zoom,
Mary Ann Dion, Co-President
Interest Groups
Most interest groups are currently meeting on Zoom. Pictured here are the books featured at the February meetings of four of our book discussion groups.
Ways & Means
Deb Harris, Ways & Means Chair

Thank you for supporting the City Barbecue Fundraiser on January 20. The branch raised $100.34 while members and friends enjoyed delicious barbecue. So far, the branch has raised over $500 this year.

Our next restaurant fundraiser will be on Wednesday, March 24th at Lou Malnati’s in Downers Grove, Naperville and Bolingbrook. Chose the location that is most convenient for you. Click here for a flyer which includes the hours of operation for each restaurant. Please, please publicize this to your friends and family. By March 24th, we may be able to gather together to enjoy pizza.

Lou Malnati’s will donate 20% of our group’s sales (pre-tax/alcohol excluded) back to our organization Valid for dine in, carryout, and delivery orders. Customers must present a hard copy or digital version of the Lou Malnati’s Fundraising flyer at time of placing order. Please also review your receipt to ensure it is marked with “fundraiser” at the bottom. If you do not see this item on your receipt, please see a manager or email the receipt to Fundraising@loumalnatis.com
Orders can be placed via app or on the websiteOur unique promo code is FUNDAAUW
We encourage you to email, text, tweet, or post the flyer to Facebook! Do not promote the fundraisers in store.

Catering and gift cards do not count
Join Us!
Branch Membership includes access to over fifteen Interest Groups, leadership roles on the board and committees, planning and production of monthly public programs, the annual Equal Pay Day Rally as well as the Used Book Sale. PLUS State and National informational emails and opportunities!

Fill out the pdf attached here and mail it with a check OR join online.

Used Book Collections & Sale
Used book collections are being postponed until September 2021. Stay tuned for complete details about the sale and future collections coming in March.

Amy Buonassisi, Used Book Sale Chair
Editor's Note
The Public Policy Notice is archived on the Past Programs page of the website.

The next Public Policy Notice will be released on or about March 5th around 9 a.m. Prevent your newsletter from being marked as Junk or Spam by opening it right away!

Blue underlined text in the newsletter indicates clickable links to emails, websites, or pdfs.

Kim Venzon, VP Communications
AAUW Responds to Capitol Assault
On Wednesday, January 6, our nation watched in horror as our democracy came under attack in an unlawful and violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol. As AAUW’s National office is based in Washington, D.C., the personal safety of our staff and their families was at risk as armed insurgents took to the streets calling for violence toward our elected officials and the overthrow of a free and fair election.

The mob used hateful language and displayed symbols of white supremacy as they forced their way into the hallowed halls of Congress. We mourn the loss of the five individuals killed in the attack, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, and the many others hurt.

As scary and shocking as this was, it was sadly not surprising given the incendiary speech the President gave to the rioters prior to the attack and the divisive tone he has set for years. From calling the racist protestors in Charlottesville “very fine people” to telling the Proud Boys to “stand by” in a presidential debate, President Trump has given us many warning signs.

AAUW is proud to join in solidarity with leading gender justice and equity organizations in a statement demanding that President Trump and his enablers be held accountable for their actions. We hope this unified message will inspire those in power to action. If you feel comfortable contacting your elected officials, we encourage you to do so.

And, as we collectively work to understand the roots of our nation's divisions, we ask you to actively engage in efforts to defeat white supremacy.

As AAUW members, we all embrace our vision of equity for all, and we hold our values close to our hearts and minds. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to ensure your AAUW staff are safe in this uncertain time.

In solidarity,
Kimberly Churches, Chief Executive Officer
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